Clarkson likes the Audi R8 more than the Lambo Gallardo

When Jeremy first laid eyes on the images of the Audi R8, he thought it was boring and seemed like an Audi TT on steroids. He thought it was a stupid move for Audi, who owns Lamborghini, to make a car that would compete with its own brand. Even when he sat inside the car, he felt it was a bit boring and very Audi-ish for a car that tries to look so menacing. Admiring the comfortable ride of the car, Jeremy was still yet to be awed by the Audi R8.

Well that was until he took it out on the tracks.

Quoting Jeremy after his experience with the Audi R8 on the track: ” You turn in, feel the grip, add power, the rear starts to slide, you apply some opposite lock, balance the throttle and then . . . and then . . . you start to realise you are driving one of the all-time greats. It”s not a hefty car. You don”t manhandle it through the bends. It flows, delicately and precisely. I don”t think I”ve ever driven a car that works so well on both the road and the track.”

Jeremy does point out one downside of the Audi R8. Listed just under £77,000, the price shoots up very fast after you add options such ceramic brakes, flappy paddle gearbox, even leather seats come as an option. Nontheless, let’s not forget that the Audi R8 shares a lot of the same parts as the Lamborghini Gallardo which is £125,000.

Jeremy admits the Audi R8 is better than the Gallardo in a lot of ways, even if the Gallardo is louder and harder. When you want a nice race car 365 days of the year, you would rather go comfortable when commuting and hard when you want to push the limits.

In the US, the Audi R8 with a six-speed R tronic automatic gearbox will have a MSRP of $118,000 while the six-speed manual transmission will start at $109,000. The Audi R8 is powered by a 4.2 liter FSI V8 engine that produces 420 horsepower, giving it the ability to do 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 187 mph.

 

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Source: TIMESONLINE

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